MIAMI – The doping scandal involving baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez is having ramifications for student athletes in the Miami-Dade County school district.
District leaders recently announced plans to begin randomly testing student athletes for steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs during the upcoming school year, according to WTXL.com.
The pilot program – which will cost the district $73,000 – will start with high school athletes and work its way to middle schoolers.
District leaders have been considering a random drug-testing policy since 2013 in response to revelations that Anthony Bosch, Alex Rodriguez’s alleged dealer, had sold performance-enhancing drugs to at least 18 high school students, WSVN.com reports.
“We did not see evidence of public school students being involved, but look, we have to be reasonable here. We are a school system with 360,000 students,” said Miami-Dade schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho at a recent school board meeting, reports WSVN.com.
Parents will have to sign a release that allows the district to perform random drug tests on their children when they sign their kids up for a sport.
Students found using a performance-enhancing drug (PED) will be disqualified from the sport and will be provided with counseling and medical support, the news site adds.
Miami-Dade school board member Raquel Regalado noted at the recent meeting that PEDs can be purchased online and shipped to your house.
“So there really is a lot of accessibility,” Regalado said.